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     Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isa. 9:7

Dear Lord Jesus, as we gather to worship you this Lord’s Day, we do so with an admixture of sadness and joy, grief and hope, great loss and intensified longings. We will sing the carols and hymns of Advent with renewed meaning and fresh tears. This week, our country suffered a huge heart wound; a blow to our sensibilities; a violation of everything we consider good, true and beautiful.

We pray for ourselves, but especially for the Newtown, Connecticut community today. Show yourself to be merciful and mighty; tender and triumphant; a very near Shepherd and a tear-wiping King.

This tragedy has reminded us there’s only one government and one peace sufficient to meet the needs of our broken world and sinful hearts. Because of your, Lord Jesus, King David’s throne has now become a throne of grace from which you rule the world—advancing your kingdom of peace, justice, and righteousness in the hearts of your people, among the nations of the world, and in every sphere of your creation.

With zeal and grace you are working all things together after the counsel of your will—all things; for you are the Lamb of God, the Lord of Lords, and the Lamp of the City—the New Jerusalem. Though we don’t always see it, or understand how, nonetheless, you are presently working in all things for your glory and for our good.

This is our hope, this is our great hope. No one and nothing will prevent you from bringing to completion your good work of redemption and restoration. We long for that Day, more than ever.

Lord Jesus, as the gospel of your kingdom continues its transforming work in our lives, may it advance through our lives. May we love as we are loved, until the Day all things are new. So very Amen we pray, with heavy and grateful hearts.



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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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